Amelia Island

The Ritz-Carlton
12 March 2016
Lot 126

1976 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera


$255,000 USD | Sold

United States | Amelia Island, Florida



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  • A two-owner, numbers-matching example
  • Only 20,082 original miles; exceptionally original
  • PCA Concours class winner
  • Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

Type 930. 245 bhp, 2,993 cc SOHC air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with a single turbocharger and Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, four-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.4 in.

The Turbo Carrera, as it was first called in the US, was introduced as a 1975 model and put Porsche firmly in the lead of the affordable supercar market, using technology created for its successful racing program. The bodywork featured large fender flares to accommodate widened Fuchs forged alloy wheels, and there was a rubber front air dam and a broad “whale-tail” rear spoiler that was a development of the iconic “ducktail” that first appeared on the ’73 Carrera RS. The Type 930 was powered by a potent three-liter, air-cooled, six-cylinder engine fitted with a single KKK turbocharger delivering 245 horsepower at a maximum of 11.5 pounds of boost, even when fitted with mandatory emissions equipment for the US market. A four-speed manual transaxle with wide ratios was deemed appropriate to handle the Turbo’s 253 foot-pounds of torque and carry this amazing new sports car to a maximum speed of more than 155 mph. Large four-wheel ventilated disc brakes could haul the Turbo down safely from any speed.

This late-1976 production Turbo Carrera is one of just 530 J-Series US-specification examples constructed, and there is little question that it is one of the finest in the world. It is believed to be one of only three 1976 Turbos delivered in special-order Platinum Metallic/W1 paint with black anodized window trim and the only example in that color to be fitted with a “match-to-sample” brown leather interior. It was originally delivered by Ely Porsche-Audi of Hayward, California, to its first owner, Mr. Donald Best of San Leandro, on July 14, 1976. In 1978, the Turbo was acquired by Mr. David Nervell of Santa Cruz, California, who retained the car until late 2014, when it was acquired by the consignor. Mr. Nervell was an active member of the Porsche Club of America, and he displayed this wonderful Turbo Carrera at the Zone 7 Concours hosted by PCA’s Monterey Bay Region at Carmel Valley Park, winning its class with a nearly perfect score of 248 of a possible 250 points.

This very special Turbo Carrera left the factory equipped with an electric sunroof, electric windows, air-conditioning, tinted glass, a Blaupunkt AM/FM/Cassette stereo system, a rear-window wiper, a headlamp washing system, fog lamps, and a set of Pirelli tires. Having accrued just 20,082 miles at the time of cataloguing, this Porsche presents near flawless paint, an extremely clean underbody, and a blemish-free interior, with floor mats still in plastic packaging. The car was recently subjected to a concours-quality detail and a full mechanical servicing.

Included is a folio containing all its original paperwork from new, including its original and correct factory-issued manuals and books, plus maintenance invoices from 1978. The tool roll, jack, and air compressor for the collapsible spare tire appear as new.

The Porsche connoisseur seeking the very best early Type 930 may never find a better example.